We talked a lot about being a freelancer. It’s not just the business side of it all, it’s also the mental side. In any case: It’s quite a challenge to maintain yourself effectively in this world because we have to wear so many hats. And especially when you’re an artist: It can be an enormous challenge to manage the business side of it all.
Becoming a successful freelance artist is a long road to take and a route that proves to be a rocky one. Understanding your undertaking, however, takes away half of the stress and will clear your road ahead. LtL endeavors to create a transparent look into the artistic worldwide freelancing business. Below you will find a solid collection of articles that will help you on your way.
Copyright is one of the most important things you should have a good understanding of whenever you’re selling your art. There is a lot of misunderstanding going around among both artists and their clients. Selling/obtaining the copyright then seems like the easiest thing to do, while in fact, you as an artist might end up dealing with a serious headache. Selling the copyright shouldn’t even be considered. Instead, licensing is the way to go.
So what is the difference? And how do you go about informing your client and creating licenses?
Who doesn’t want to make money with their passion? There are few people out there that enjoy work they have no passion for. We artists are quite privileged when it comes to that. We have a passion, and that passion can bring in some good money. But how do you make your first money? What do you need to do to get there, and when you do get there, what should your rates be? And how do you make sure both you and your client are happy at the end of the line?
A contract is key for good cooperation between you and your client. Never make art for anyone without a contract. But what should be in this contract? Well, here are some ins and outs and a default contract for you to use. Make sure though that you always do your research! Different countries may have their own rules and different situations may require additional clauses! These are just guidelines.